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SM volume 109/36


[12/29] Record drawing of the completed elevation of the east side of the west range of King William's Court




10 feet to 17/20 inch


In pen and brown ink in unidentified hand beneath centre of elevation, West side of King Will:m Court; and in C19 hand at top right, 36.

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but datable 1735

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink over graphite under-drawing, with grey wash; on laid paper, laid down; 346 x 465


Unidentified hand in office of Thomas Ripley


Small fleur-de-lis; IV


This is a record of the completed elevation, but without any of the 'improvements' that Ripley made in the drawing of the more public west elevation ([12/24]). The draughtsman drew the uppermost cornices as continuous between the central pavillion and the north and south ranges; they are marked for deletion with pen and ink crosses.


Axel Klausmeier, Thomas Ripley, Architekt: Fallstudie einer Karriere im Royal Office of the King's Works im Zeitalter des Neopalladianismus, Frankfurt am Main, 2000, pp. 113-24 Not in Wren Society



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